As you recall, this started out a couple of years ago as an administrative hearing to determine whether John Freshwater will be fired as an 8th-grade science teacher in Ohio. He’s accused of burning a cross on a student with a Tesla coil, teaching religion in his science class, and failing to follow the school district’s orders. Freshwater says the district wants to fire him only because he refused to remove a Bible from his desk.
Our last update on this long-lasting controversy was John Freshwater Update (30 Apr ‘10).
The administrative hearing hasn’t yet concluded, but some federal litigation which had been started by the same parties is now ending, and the results appear favorable to the student and embarrassing to the creationist teacher.
The most recent news story we could find is from the Columbus Dispatch. Their headline is Suit against science teacher settled for $450,000. The student will be getting the money from the school district’s insurance company.
We haven’t been writing much about this case because the best coverage has been provided by Richard B. Hoppe at Panda’s Thumb. He’s actually been attending hearings, and his reporting about this story is far better than anyone else could be doing. Richard’s latest article is Freshwater: Settlement in Doe v. Mt. Vernon BOE (UPDATED w/statement from family).
The National Center for Science Education has been following this case, but their most recent story, Settlement in Freshwater case imminent, also links to Richard’s work at Panda’s Thumb.
The administrative hearing is expected to end soon. It will probably result in Freshwater’s permanent discharge as a teacher. When that happens, perhaps Freshwater himself will turn to Richard’s writing. It may be the only way he’ll ever figure out what happened.
This is looking like it’ll be a story with a happy ending.
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